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buck fever

nervous excitement of an inexperienced hunter upon the approach of game.
any nervous excitement preceding a new experience.
Origin of buck fever
1835-45, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Most people get a touch of the buck-fever the first time they try to shoot a wild animal.

    The Trail of The Badger Sidford F. Hamp
  • As the bull entered the opening, I was as near an attack of buck-fever as ever before.

British Dictionary definitions for buck-fever

buck fever

nervous excitement felt by inexperienced hunters at the approach of game
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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